Post-Doctoral Fellowship

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The Center for Bioethics and Social Sciences in Medicine (CBSSM), a multidisciplinary research unit sponsored by the University of Michigan Medical School and the Ann Arbor Veterans Administration, has an active program for Post-Doctoral Research Fellows. Dr. Angela Fagerlin, Co-Director of CBSSM, serves as the Director of the CBSSM Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship Program. The application cycle for the 2013-14 academic year is closed. The application cycle for the 2014-2015 cycle will open in November 2014.

Bioethics Post-Doctoral Research Fellow

Active projects in bioethics at CBSSM currently include informed consent and therapeutic misconception, surrogate decision-making, decision-making capacity for treatment and research, deliberative democratic methods in bioethics, resource allocation, and the sociology of medical ethics/bioethics, among others.  Candidates’ area of focus must be in bioethics, although their backgrounds may be in social or natural sciences, humanities, medicine, or law.

Decision Sciences Post-Doctoral Research Fellow

This fellowship focuses on understanding and improving the health care communication and decisions made by both patients and providers.  Past postdoctoral fellows have included scholars whose research in health care communication and decision-making has been approached using theories drawn from social cognition, motivation and emotion, risk communication, ethics, and economics.

CBSSM has five broad programs that serve its research mission; fellows will usually focus on one of these areas.

  • Program in Clinical and Research Ethics
  • Program in Health Communication and Decision-Making
  • Program in Medicine and Society
  • Program in Health, Justice and Community
  • Program in Genomics, Health and Society

Postdoctoral fellows are expected to collaborate on established projects and are encouraged to conduct independent research with an emphasis on study inception, manuscript writing, and applying for grants. CBSSM’s resources and collaborative support enable fellows to build their own research programs.

Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience and education. All requirements of the PhD or equivalent terminal degree must be completed before the postdoctoral research fellow appointment can begin. Candidates should submit a cover letter, including a detailed statement of research interests, a CV, three letters of recommendation, and a writing sample. All application materials should be submitted electronically through our online application. Click here to access the online application.